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Career in Numbers: Pepe Reina

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Career in Numbers: Pepe Reina

Loan signing Pepe Reina arrives at Villa Park with an illustrious record at both club and international level.

The goalkeeper has won eight major honours during his time with Liverpool, Napoli, Bayern Munich and the Spanish national team.

Here, we take a statistical look at his career so far…

Top of the pile

Reina’s record of 134 clean sheets in 285 appearances in the Premier League stands him at sixth in the all-time list and now that he is an Aston Villa player, he is the most successful active goalkeeper in the competition.

While he sits just outside the top-five in terms of total shut-outs, on average Reina has kept a clean sheet in 47.02% of his Premier League games, which is the best record of all 15 goalkeepers to keep 100+ clean sheets in the league.

In total, Reina has made 551 saves in the Premier League, including three from penalties, while only conceding 226 goals in his 285 games.

Golden

Such was Reina’s brilliance during his time at Anfield, he won the Premier League Golden Glove award in each of his first three seasons in England.

Along with Joe Hart, he is one of just two ‘keepers to win the award in three consecutive seasons, having held the title from May 2006 until Manchester United stopper Edwin van der Sar claimed the award at the end of the 2008/09 campaign.

During those three seasons, he kept 20, 19 and 18 clean sheets respectively.

On the ball

Reina is well-known for his quality with the ball at his feet, with Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon describing him as the best of his era in that regard.

In the Premier League, Reina has completed 5,512 passes and 1,578 long balls, but most interestingly, he has recorded four assists.

Only former England ‘keeper Paul Robinson (5) has registered more, but now, Reina could have time to catch up.

Silverware

Reina is well-decorated in club football.

Alongside the individual awards that he picked up during his time on Merseyside, he also won the UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and the League Cup, all on one occasion.

At Napoli, he won the Copa Italia in 2014, before he was a part of Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga-winning squad a year later.

International Success

It can’t be forgotten that Reina of the historic Spain side that won back-to-back-to-back international tournaments between 2008 and 2012.

Despite being second-choice behind Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas, he featured in the final group game at Euro 2008, before also picking up a medal at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Oliver Milligan
By @AVFCOfficial 13th January 2020